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Richard Martin Stern

Richard Martin Stern (1915-2001) is the author of the Johnny Oritz mystery series. The Bright Road to Fear won the 1959 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. He passed away on October 31, 2001 in Santa Fe, NM.

Photo by Dorthy Stern

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Murder in the Walls
Murder in the Walls

by Richard Martin Stern

Garrett County Press Digital

237 pages

suspense
mystery and thrillers
fiction

2.99 U.S.

Cover design by Kevin Stone



Ebook: Kindle, iBooks, Google, Nook, Kobo, Diesel
Flora Hobbs owned one of New Mexico's oldest Spanish-style houses, and shared it with a bevy of beautiful working girls. When one of them turned up dead -- in a locked room -- Detective Johnny Ortiz followed a scent that went straight beneath Santo Cristo's respectable facade into a world of hustlers, profiteers -- and at least one killer. Welcome to the first Johnny Ortiz mystery, which was set in motion by Richard Martin Stern (The Tower) in 1971. The New York Times Book Review said, "The author knows the country and his people. There is a feeling of desert and mesa, open air, spaciousness ... The prose is lean, the characters convincing, the plotting impeccable."

"The prose is lean, the characters convincing, the plotting impeccable . . . top drawer."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Excellent."
--Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Excellent . . . Top-flight mystery writing."
--Buffalo Evening News

"Johnny Ortiz is a welcome addition to the lists of the great detectives."
--Hillary Waugh

"The author knows the country and his people. There is a feeling of desert and mesa, open air, spaciousness . . . A fine, taut book."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Glamor, romance, local prejudice, graft and politics are all here in a most-readable suspense story."
--Publishers Weekly

To read the Stern's New York Times obituary, click here.


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